Originally Posted by snoopyrc
That would make sense. Instead of shipping a bunch of kits over for inspection, just fly one or a few people to China to oversee production.
Thats only if Serpent has a big budget that can afford paying for someone to fly there and stay for 1-2 weeks at a hotel plus his expenses. We're talking RC cars here. There's no million dollar budget involved that would afford that. Overnight express Fedex is cheaper.
Serpent's inspection of the pre-production quality is not what takes time, its the fixes to any problems that arises that does. Especially, if it involves tooling.
If any of you do nitro, you'll see why this point in the production process is important. Many of the early 966 and 733 fuel tanks were flawed. This was something that should be fixed in the preproduction stages but wasn't. It resulted in Serpent having to replace all the faulty tanks with newer production ones. It also resulted in bad rumors on Serpent quality. Thats why this stage prior to production is so important and should not be rushed.